By Zoey twitter/ Last Updated January 31, 2023

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OneDrive in Windows 11 Is Missing!

“My Windows 11 OneDrive disappeared! This morning, when I wanted to upload my documents to my OneDrive, I find them not showing up on my PC at all! I have searched for it for half an hour but there was no result. I really need to use it as soon as possible. Thank you for your help in advance!”

OneDrive, providing a file hosting service, is considered one of the best cloud services on the Internet. OneDrive supplies users to store their files and data in the cloud, share and sync files among Android, iOS mobile devices, Windows, and macOS PCs.

System updates are always accompanied by a series of possible problems. Windows 11 was released recently, which has resulted in some OneDrive problems in the using process. One of the most common problems is “Windows 11 OneDrive missing”. The same problem has also occurred in the past just like “Windows 10 OneDrive missing” or “OneDrive missing from File Explorer in Windows 10”.

If the OneDrive icon doesn't appear in the notification area, OneDrive might not be running or your OneDrive icon has been hidden.

6 Solutions to OneDrive Missing in Windows 11

If your OneDrive is missing from file Explorer in Windows 11, it is quite a tiresome issue. We listed 6 solutions maybe work on this problem. Continue to read and hope you find it helpful to you.

Solution 1. Search for OneDrive Directly

If fortunately, the simplest way is to search OneDrive in Windows 11 taskbar, and then you will see the OneDrive icon in the search result list. Then you can know the location of the OneDrive application.

Onedrive Click Min

Solution 2. Look for OneDrive Icon in Hidden Area

If your OneDrive icon is missing from taskbar, maybe it is hidden. Follow the steps and you can find it again:

1. Click on the upward arrow icon on the right side of the taskbar.

2. Check if your OneDrive icon is hidden in it.

Onedrive Icon In Hidden Area

3. If it is hidden there, just drop it to the taskbar.

Solution 3. Enable OneDrive Icon in Settings

If you cannot find the OneDrive icon in the hidden area, maybe you need to check your settings about it:

1. Right-click on the empty area of the taskbar.

2. Select Taskbar settings in the menu.

Taskbar Settings

3. In the Settings > Personalization > Taskbar window, find the Notification area.

4. Click on Select which icons appear on the taskbar.

Select Which Appear

5. Locate OneDrive and select the button which next to OneDrive to make sure it is on.

Select Onedrive

Solution 4. Uninstall and Reinstall Your OneDrive Client

Usually uninstalling and reinstalling the OneDrive client completely can solve most of the OneDrive problems, so you can have a try:

1. Press Windows+R at the same time, and type “regedit” into the box.

2. Go to the following registry directory:

Uninstall Onedrive

3. Right-click the registry entry named “DisableFileSyncNGSC”, select Modify, and enter 0 into the Value data box, then click OK.

Value Data

4. Open Command Prompt as an administrator, type the following commands:

%SystemRoot%SysWOW64OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall

%SystemRoot%SysWOW64OneDriveSetup.exe /install

Command Prompt

Now your OneDrive could be reinstalled completely, the icon missing issue should be solved.

Solution 5. Reset Your OneDrive

Maybe the icon missing issue is caused by a broken OneDrve cache. Reset OneDrive may be a solution:

1. Press Windows+R at the same time, copy the following text, and click OK:

%localappdata%\Microsoft\OneDrive\onedrive.exe /reset and %localappdata%\Microsoft\OneDrive\onedrive.exe

Reset Onedrive

2. Check if your OneDrive icon appears after around 2 minutes. If it does not appear, repeat Step 1 with the following text:


Solution 6. Check Policy Settings

If the solutions above cannot make your OneDrive icon reappear, the last solution is to check the policy settings. It may be caused by third-party applications or anti-tracking programs, which affected modifications to the OS and may make the OneDrive icon disappear. Follow these steps to check policy settings:

1. Press Windows+R into the Run window, and type gpedit.msc in the box.

Policy Settings

2. Go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components. Double-click on the OneDrive option in the right window.

Onedrive Option

3. Right-click Prevent the Usage of OneDrive for File Storage and click Edit.

4. Make sure Not Configured is chosen, click Apply and OK.

Not Configured

Tip 1: Upload Files to OneDrive via OneDrive Web App

If all the solutions above cannot solve your problem but you need to use OneDrve immediately, you can have a try on uploading files to OneDrive via the OneDrive web app:

1. Go to the OneDrive web app and log in.

2. Click the Upload button at the top of the page. Then you can upload your local files or folders that need to be backed up.

Onedrive Upload1

Tip 2: Back up to OneDrive via CBackup

If you can't find your OneDrive in Windows 11 and don't want to upload files to OneDrive manually via web app, we recommend a free cloud sync tool called CBackup to you, which supports syncing files to OneDrive automatically.

CBackup is a professional cloud service. It allows you to add different cloud drives such as OneDrive, Dropbox, and Google Drive to it. It also supports to backup Hyper-V machines provided by Microsoft and many other types of data. Thus, you can sync files to OneDrive via CBackup directly for free.

What's more, you can also use many effective functions for free in CBackup. For example. The Scheduler function can help you to automatically sync your files on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. And other useful settings like File Filter, Email Notification are also been provided to improve your working efficiency.

If you want to try CBackup, follow these steps to sync your data to OneDrive via CBackup easily:

1. Download and install the CBackup, then run it.

Download CBackupWin 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
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2. Sign up for a CBackup account for free and log in.

3. Click Storage to choose OneDrive to and choose Authorize Now.

Add Cloud

4. Click on Sync, and click the Sync PC to Public Cloud.

Choose Pc To Public Cloud

5. You can change the Task Name if you need. After choosing files under Source and folder in OneDrive under Destination, click Start Sync to sync files to OneDrive easily in Windows 11.

Sync Files To Onedrive

More About CBackup

In addition, you can use these free features on the CBackup desktop client:

Combined Cloud: When your OneDrive storage space is not enough to use, you can use the Combined Cloud feature. With it, several OneDrive accounts can be merged together so that you can get a larger storage space for free.

Select Combined Cloud

Cloud to Cloud Backup: CBackup provides a safe and professional backup service between clouds. Many cloud drives are supported such as Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, and so on. If you need to change a cloud drive, you can transfer your data from one drive to another via CBackup easily.

Backup Google Drive To Dropbox

Restore: You can use this feature to restore data when the hardware or server crashes. When you need to back up all your data to a new computer, you can also use this function to make it.



If you read this article to solve “Windows 11 OneDrive missing” issue, I hope that you have found the cause of the problem and solution. If you are tired of handling these problems, you can switch to a more professional cloud service – CBackup.

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